Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Simple Chicken Gravy

One of my husband's favorite meals is turkey with stuffing and mashed potatoes and gravy.  Since we don't have turkey on a regular basis, we started making whole chickens on a regular basis, my husband said that it would be nice to have gravy with it.  Ummm, I have never made gravy!! 

WHAT?!  Nope.  My mother and mother in law have always taken over making the gravy for family meals and I just let them.  I made a quick attempt to make the gravy last time and it was way too thin because I waited until I got the chicken drippings from the pan.  It was too late to start making a gravy.  This time I planned a little ahead.

I made a chicken, hasselback potatoes and stuffing which were all in the oven while I used the extra chicken stock that I had from the stuffing to make this gravy.  I searched the internet and found the recipe here.  Since I already had a dirty pot from the stuffing,  I decided to use that one so I melted the butter.


I added the flour to the bottom to make a paste.


 
It quickly mixed together into a paste which I let bubble while I was finishing defrosting my chicken broth.


I added the chicken broth to the pan and stirred until all of the flour was dissolved.  It mixed up easily but didn't really thicken.  I added pepper and left it on the stove on a low heat while I was fixing some of the rest of the dinner and setting the table.  I turned up the heat again and it started to thicken quickly after bubbling.



I made just enough for dinner because I knew that we wouldn't eat any leftovers.  It was a perfect amount for the two of us for dinner.


 
We enjoyed our chicken with gravy and stuffing and potatoes.  It was a really big meal after adding a few extra side dishes while everything was cooking in the oven.  It might have been a little bit of a big meal to eat before the Super Bowl but we really enjoyed a wonderful Sunday dinner, especially with the yummy gravy.
 


Simple Chicken Gravy


1 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. flour
1 cup chicken broth
pepper to taste

Melt the butter in the pan.  Add the flour and stir until forms a paste.  Add the chicken broth and stir until bubbling.  Add pepper to taste.

** This makes very little gravy for small dinner.  Use the same ratio to make more gravy as needed.

4 comments:

  1. Ah that's great! Thanks for posting this. I've never made gravy either, lol. I even throw away that gravy packet that comes stuffed inside of the turkey because it grosses me out, for some reason. But at $0.99 a jar of gravy (I think it's cheaper at Aldi but I can't remember), it adds up too. My kids love gravy!

    I'm printing your recipe and I'll have to try it next time. I like that it's a smaller amount so if I just need some for leftovers I don't have to open a brand new jar, which is then going to sit in my fridge.

    I made a whole turkey dinner for SuperBowl Sunday and we agreed that we'll do that every year from now on.

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  2. I think that it is funny the amount of things that I make from scratch and that I have never made such a simple thing but we really enjoyed it. My husband really likes to have gravy with his chicken because he says it feels more like turkey :) Whatever works!!!

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  3. Looks great! I was never that interested in gravy as a kid because, unfortunately, my mom doesn't really make it that well. She is a great cook -- just not for gravy. :) Anyway, when I started cooking meat regularly for my husband and I (we were vegetarian for a while), I got interested in all kinds of pan sauces and realized that they are a lot easier than they initially seem! I have used broth made from bouillon when I don't have any homemade available (or in small enough quantities in the freezer).

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    1. We have had so many bad gravy experiences but my husband loves my mom's gravy. He said that I am not there yet but I am trying :) Gravy even on mashed potatoes is super yummy. I am sure you can make veggie stock and gravy even easier...but then you have to make sure to add some brown like worchestershire to make it a little more colorful. I might have added a little to this too :)

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